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Aug 26, 2021

August 20 declared Slavery Remembrance Day in Houston

Houston News Daily

Friday, August 20, was Houston’s first day of remembrance of slavery. Congressman Al Green commemorated the occasion by holding a town hall commemorating slavery in Greater Grace Houston. Representatives of the state and local government were present.

Aug 24, 2021

Devolution: This is what we’ve come to

North Dallas Gazette

Evolution by definition means that an idea, a person or entity has undergone change. I know I certainly have. A caterpillar evolves into a butterfly. And yes, my behavior and perspectives are much different than me, the 40 year-old attorney and certainly from me, the 18 year-old, college student-athlete. I hope you can say I’ve evolved.

Aug 23, 2021

Here's What You Need To Know About A Texas Bill That Aims To Ban Critical Race Theory

KERA News - News for North Texas

In Texas and across the country, critical race theory (CRT) has become a political lightning rod. Many Republican-led states are working to ban the school of thought from classrooms — even though teachers say they don’t even teach it.

Aug 18, 2021

Sen. West: I fully support Biden’s directives on COVID

Dallas Voice

A message from Texas state Sen. Royce West, representing District 23: Today, President Joe Biden announced two efforts aimed at helping Texas school children and residents of nursing homes and long-term care facilities.

Aug 5, 2021

Voting Rights: Miles to go before we rest

North Dallas Gazette

For members of Texas Legislature and those who work in its orbit, the days since the 87th Regular Session ended on Memorial Day have been anything but a summer break or a return to our lives as part-time lawmakers. During this period, myself along with Democrat colleagues, have traveled to the nation’s capital twice. And we’ve all traversed the roads from Austin to home like the Regular Session never ended. For what?

Jul 30, 2021

Texas Redistricting Could Be Bad News for Fair Representation in Dallas

Our Community Now

The question of who gets counted in population estimates remains of critical importance as a messy redistricting process looms ahead for state lawmakers in Austin right now and those who will likely return to Austin sooner or later.

Jul 14, 2021

'We're not fleeing, we're working': Texas Democrats defend DC trip, vow to stay all session

WFAA ABC 8

Texas Democrats on Wednesday pushed back on criticisms of their stay in Washington, D.C. to break quorum over the Republicans' voting bill, saying they've had productive conversations as they advocate for federal election legislation.

Jun 24, 2021

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott vetoes slate of Democratic-led bills

Salon

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott shot down a total of 20 bills over this year's legislative session, including a number of Democratic-led legislative priorities with bipartisan support.

Jun 24, 2021

Anger and confusion over Abbott’s veto on domestic violence prevention bill

The Texas Signal

Governor Greg Abbott made no secret that this legislative session would be dominated by ultra-conservative priorities to flex his rightwing credentials. However, one of his latest moves, a veto of Senate Bill 1109, is leaving many flummoxed at his motivation.

Jun 20, 2021

For The People rally meets at Texas Capitol in support of voting rights

Big Country

The Texas State Capitol was the backdrop of a Sunday evening rally where crowds gathered to support the federal voting rights “For the People Act,” which goes before the U.S. Senate this week.

Jun 17, 2021

After meeting with VP Harris, Texas Democrats concede federal voting rights battle is in Senate

ABC 6 Action News

Following their "very robust conversation" with Vice President Kamala Harris, Democratic state legislators from Texas conceded that while the Biden administration wants to see federal voting reform legislation make it to the president's desk, the hurdle to passage is the U.S. Senate -- but they aren't giving up on conversations with those lawmakers.

Jun 17, 2021

Joe Manchin Meets With Texas Dems on Voting Rights Legislation

Newsweek

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, a West Virginia Democrat seen as key to passing voting rights legislation that has been a priority for President Joe Biden and Democratic leaders, met Thursday evening with a group of Texas Democrats who blocked a state law there that would put new restrictions on early voting.

Jun 17, 2021

Fort Worth school district will produce a video to teach students how to safely interact with law enforcement

Spectrum News 1

Last week, a casting call went out to certain students in the Fort Worth school district. School officials sent out the request for 10 students — 9th-11th graders — to appear in a video to be viewed by their peers on how to safely interact with law enforcement officers.

Jun 16, 2021

Texas Monthly names Jessica Gonzalez the “Bull on the Brazos”

Dallas Voice

Texas Monthly came out with its list of 10 best and 10 worst legislators. The magazine said Gonzalez was neither, but for her leadership in killing the voter suppression bill, named her “Bull on the Brazos.”

Jun 16, 2021

Manchin meets with Texas lawmakers on voting rights

The Hill

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) met with a group of Texas lawmakers on Wednesday to discuss voting rights, one day after he missed a Democratic caucus lunch where the group briefed senators.

Jun 16, 2021

Texas Black Leaders discuss 2021 legislative session

The Texas Signal

The NAACP Houston Branch hosted a crucial conversation with the community at the Buffalo Soldiers Museum last week to discuss how the latest bills in the Texas legislative session will impact the Black community.

Jun 14, 2021

Texas bill limiting teaching of current events, historic racism appears headed for governor

Katy Times

Texas GOP senators revived a contentious bill Friday night that would limit how Texas teachers can talk about current events and America’s history of racism in the classroom, hours after House Democrats seemed to have successfully killed the legislation. The bill now appears back on track to reach Gov. Greg Abbott's desk for approval.

Jun 6, 2021

The most divisive session’ – Senator Royce West braces for special session after polarizing days at the Capitol

KXAN

Reflecting on the state of the Texas government after this most recent legislative session, State Senator Royce West (D-Dallas) feels that several important issues were not addressed, while lawmakers were left more polarized than ever.

Jun 2, 2021

CNN’s Brianna Keilar Grills Texas Lawmaker Who Helped Write Election Bill: ‘Why Are You OK With Suppressing Voting By People of Color?’

Media ITE

CNN’s Brianna Keilar grilled Texas state Senator Brian Hughes (R) on Wednesday, confronting him on his support of the state’s new voting bill.

Jun 2, 2021

Republicans say they’ll tweak part of Texas elections bill criticized for impact on Black churchgoers

Weatherford Democrat

Two days after House Democrats broke quorum to kill Texas' elections overhaul legislation, Republicans say they plan to use a special session to change a controversial provision that raised concerns it would hurt get-out-the-vote efforts by Black churches.
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